The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi of sponsoring an alleged smear media campaign against him over the issue of the alleged massacre of members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, (IPOB) in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State.
Governor Wike made the claim while speaking on Monday, during a live special interview on AIT on the fallout of the End SARS protest and the report of mass killings of IPOB members in Oyigbo.
The Governor claimed that Amaechi is disturbed by his rising political profile, hence the alleged smear media campaign.
He also accused Amaechi of being responsible for activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in Oyigbo Local Government Area.
Wike blamed his successor for the activities of the separatist group in the LGA, adding that the minister empowered the group to dare him.
According to him, “I know who is doing all these. I know who told them to rise to test Wike. It is the minister of transport, everyone knows that”.
When asked why Amaechi would do that, he said, “Why would he not do that? He thinks that harassing me politically will bring me down. People know that. Everyone knows that. It is not hidden. I cannot change my identity.
“If the presidency is zoned to the South-East, I will support them very well. But that does not mean to say that I am from that area.
“The President directed his Ministers to go to their States to ascertain the level of destruction. I have not heard from my own Minister. We don’t know when he would”.
He said that Amaechi is supporting the group because he wants to run for the office of president as an Igbo Man.
On the alleged massacre in Oyigbo, Governor Wike said the reports will be investigated, adding that a meeting has been called with the State Security Council to review their activities in Oyigbo and other places.